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Sharing the Hakalau Meditation

Sharing the Hakalau Meditation

What Is the Hakalau Meditation?

Hakalau Meditation is an ancient Hawaiian practice that uses peripheral vision to bring you into a meditative state.

This is because when you are seeing through your peripheral vision, your physiology is more relaxed and calm.

Peripheral vision is the ability to see things where you are not directly looking—“out of the corner of your eye.” so to speak.



  • Staring on a fixed spot in front of you (preferably a little above eye level).



  • Focus all your attention there and try to let go of thoughts as best you can.



  • As you do this for a minute or two, you’ll notice that your vision begins to spread out.
  • Allow your visual field to spread out more and more.



  • As you continue to do this, see that you shift your attention to the peripheral part of your vision without moving your eyes.
  • Gradually, you lose focus on any fixed thing and take in as much of your visual field as possible.



  • Stay in this state for as long as you can.
  • Notice how it feels.
  • Notice the calm feeling you have.
  • As you broaden your awareness, thoughts recede into the background.
  • This is also what can naturally happen when you’re looking at a sunset.
  • On your first practice, you can do this seated and for about ten minutes.
  • As you continue to practice, you can increase the time and try it standing, then developing it into a moving practice, if you want.


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